Review: The Grand Canyon

26635509The Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? edited by Carol Hill, Gregg Davidson, Wayne Ranney, and Tim Helble is a scientific tour de force through the geological landscape of the world famous chasm—the Grand Canyon. As the title and subtitle of the book suggest, the contributors to this volume sought to reevaluate the biblical criticism lofted by Young Earth Creationist concerning the Grand Canyon (i.e. Flood Geology) and have provided a scientific exploration of the iconic landmark without arguing against the fact that God created the Earth (p. 23).

The Grand Canyon is divided into five major sections. The initial four chapters of the book are primarily concerned with constructing a framework for the conversation within the Christian worldview. These are an excellent introduction to the ongoing debate. The remainder of the book is essentially an introductory geology textbook that uses the Grand Canyon to illustrate along the way. The reader is introduced to various aspects of geology, including sedimentary rocks, the nature of time and the issues surrounding dating, plate tectonics and the structure of the Earth, etc. There are also a number of chapters dedicated to fossils, the formation of the Canyon, as well as the conclusion of the geological evidence upon the claims of Flood Geology.

As one with minimal exposure and academic interest in the study of geology, I was hesitant to approach this book for fear that I would lack the appropriate vocabulary and understanding to follow along with the arguments being made. That said, once I got into the book, I was pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail of the editors to make this book something for everyone to read and enjoy. The book is littered with helpful illustrations and charts to explain otherwise complex geological terminology and concepts, and the pictures throughout made it more enjoyable with the turn of each page. Of course, I think this same experience may be slightly different for the reader who is unable to reconcile the biblical account with an Old Earth.

The Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth: Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon? edited by Carol Hill, Gregg Davidson, Wayne Ranney, and Tim Helble is a helpful and user-friendly exploration into the nature of science and faith that should be read by many. It is uncommon that one comes across a work which aims to remain faithful to both Special and General Revelation. This is one of those rare occasions, and I believe that it should be read, challenged, and discussed with intellectual integrity. It comes highly recommended!


I received a review copy of this books in exchange for and honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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